Have you ever experienced overwhelm? Ok, they say there are no dumb questions but......
We have all been there! Overwhelm is not something that you work on, conquer and move on. It is an ongoing process that you need to deal with daily. Prevention will keep it from coming up and taking over.
But, have you ever thought about why overwhelm keeps coming up for you? I have been thinking about this a lot lately. What it keeps boiling down for me is obedience. I know we don't all love that word, but bare with me on this concept. In this podcast episode, we dive into two different ways this effects us.
1. Guilt over the things we should have done but haven't. When there are things looming over us, it's easy for overwhelm to become present. It can be sufficating. I always say, when you are overwhelmed, that is the best time to make a brain dump list. List it all out.
Once you have it all out on paper, look at your list and seperate false pressures from the true pressures. There are real things pressing on us. Deadlines, people, timelines. But, if we are honest...I mean really on honest, how many things that are on our list that is overwhelming us could just be deleted. If not deleted, moved back? We are experts and putting our own pressures on ourselves. Creating unrealistic expectations.
Looking at those real pressures...they come in all shapes and sizes. Maybe the overwhelm is there due to a lack of obedience to your boss, your husband, or even your own word. Obedience is not a bad thing. If you struggle with that word, replace it with expectation. If you are truly having trouble meeting that expectation, the best way to release the pressure is to bring it into the light. Communicate with the person that you are not being obedient to. Come clean....even if it is to yourself. Especially if it is to yourself. When you can learn to extend grace to yourself, overwhelm will lessen.
2. We don't ask permission. For the most part, number one didn't have to do with God. This one does. How many projects are on your plate, causing overwhelm that you didn't pray about? Saying yes to new things is easy...until we find ourself buried and completely overwhelmed.
Get yourself in the habit of saying "Let me think about it" every time you are invited to something or asked to help out with something or get involved. Step away and pray. Let God be the one to determine if it is for you or not. When it is something that you bring before him, even if you don't think you have time for it, if he wants you to do it....he will create the time and space for it to happen.
One of the best ways to cut the overwhelm is to be proactive. This is why I always say that having a proper Sunday prep day is vital to your success. I want to give you the worksheet and planning tools to do just that. Click here to get started with Weekly Success Planning completely for free.